March 29, 2009

Sunday's LKL: Meghan McCain

Posted: 01:14 PM ET

Tonight, Meghan McCain!  She's taking heat after taking on some conservative commentators.artmeghancnn1 What's going on?  She's also a regular contributor to   John McCain's outspoken daughter joins Larry at the desk!  Want to read other postings by Meghan?  Go to:

Then, Larry's political panel weighs-in on the U.S. Treasury's plan to rid banks of "toxic assets," President Obama's "60 Minutes" interview, his comments on former Vice President Cheney and more.

Plus, Joel and Benji Madden! Joel lets us in on life with Nicole Richie, their baby, and the new one on the way! Plus, their eye-opening trip to Africa and how you can help!

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Joe G. (Illinois)   March 29th, 2009 5:47 pm ET

Sure John McCain is a conservative.. But he is just one sorry half stepper nonetheless who always seems to get caught out of cadent. And now, what’s the price to get rid of Meghan McCain? This one all innocent and smiley, always seems to be pushing broom sticks between spoke wheels. Enough with the McCain’s already..!

Sam Ruiz   March 29th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

No meghan is not the new power face, if she saying that she's a moderate she is not a republican

Joe   March 29th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Did I miss the day where Ms McCain was elected to some political office? Who anointed her the new voice of the GOP? What qualifies her to speak for the Republican party?

jason akins   March 29th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

i think she should get a life stop living off of her fathers 15 mins of fame and let president obama do his job. she definatly is not a instramental figure in politics except defeat and move on

Brett Breitwieser   March 29th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I live in Phoenix and I am 61 years old, a registered Green and a Buddhist. I feel that Meghan is one of the few Republicans I could at least sit down with and have a conversation... keep it up Meghan! Way to go! You are a true American, keep an open mind!

April T   March 29th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I only caught a little of this interview so far, but was very appalled at Miss McCain's statement of being brought up in a Christian home but supports gay marriages. This statement is rather misleading because it makes me wonder if she herself is a born-again Christian. The values may have been instilled in her as a youth, but it doesn't make her one. Being a child of God you love the sinner but not the sin. The bible speaks clearly against homosexuality and the fact that it is an abomination! If a person chooses to be in the public eye, perhaps they should watch how they word things, so that they aren't misleading and left for someone else's interpretation.

Diana Lawrence   March 29th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Apparently Meghan McCain is neither a true conservative or a true Christian since she has compromised her values in both arenas. She is exactly what is wrong with the republican party today. Age has nothing to do with whether you are a person of conviction or moral standing.

Sammi Walthall   March 29th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

You go girl! I'm a single 60+ whaite woman and though I'm registered republican but have leaned Democrat for yrs. I am impressed with you views and think you're just the right voice for the Republican party. Keep up the good work.

chris harmon   March 29th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

How can you put footnotes in the crawl that Meghan MCCain is the oldest daughter?

Does Sydney McCain count?

Al   March 29th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I think the best thing Meghan can do is to Hush Limbaugh.

Gary Costa   March 29th, 2009 9:21 pm ET


I admire your open mindedness, BRAVO! I follow the Democratic way of life, but not to extreme, I believe in following your heart and doing what's right for your country and fellow people first and foremost. Do you feel the same way?

P.S. I think you look great, actually, with all due respect, HOT! Don't change for anyone but yourself! You feel great, you look great, you go girl!

Joe   March 29th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

She is merely a new age liberal masquerading as a Republican using her fathers name to attract attention to herself. She needs go out in the real world and work for a while and build her own reputation in the world through her own efforts (not her fathers) and then come back and talk politics.

rich sottilaro   March 29th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Meghan keep talking it's your right and you are an inspiration to young women around the country. I admire you for trying to bring the republican party to it's senses which these days is a tall order. Many republican congressmen and women are way out of touch with main st.


Merry   March 29th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Ms. McCain is a very interesting guest. I really enjoyed what she had to say in hr interview. She is a very articulate and thinking individual.

Hans on Maui   March 29th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I especially like Meghan and her live and let live attitude. If being a fiscal conservative means preemptive attacks, budget shortfalls, deceit and judging the less fortunate, then Sam Ruiz should take a good look at his version of rep. party. Since when is moderation a bad word? Isn't that what "conservative" should represent? Tortuous, right? or is it the heir? Shame on the hichjacking of the party by the self righteous corporate, religious, haters...I know, religious haters, goes against everything the bible instills. Me, me, me is a really bad habit. I am hoping to see more of Meagan and her look into the future. Rush Dumbo does not represent the free thinkers of the party only the sheep, he works for Murdock and he wants nothing more than to see himself more and more powerful at every ones expense

Dennis of Maryland   March 29th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Ms. McCain is representative of what the Replublican Party should become. She seems to be very fair minded and up to date with the problems or the average American. She's going against the grain of the old way and right now thats a good thing. Keep up the good work young lady.

Steve Sullivan, Lantana fl.   March 29th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Seems to me that Ms. McCain hasa great outlook on the path to
restore the standing of the GOP. I am registered IND. and voted for
Obama, but seriously, she made me take notice because she was presenting valid viewpoints....WITHOUT SHOUTING !!!
Good for her ,and America needs young people like her to get involved w/ current issues affecting everyone

Carla Eaton   March 29th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I think Meghn McCain is brilliant. I am a 36 year old republican female and think she is the voice of a new generation of republicans.

RC Bales   March 29th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I thing there should be more Meghan McCain's, her view's and
opinions are truly very American, I think no matter who wins in the
end it is our responsibility as Americans to support our President.
Although, I don't agree on all of Meghan's opinions and views, but
not many people in in 100% agreement on all subjects, that's a perfect reason we live in a free world.

RC Bales
Jacksonville, Fl

Steve Acton   March 29th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Thank God for the new generation! It's obvious that Meghan loves her father. But, she is torn between her own personal beliefs and his. I too am a registered Republican, but found myself unable to support the Republican Agenda in total. I supported and voted for President Obama because of the obvious flaws in our platform and because he was able to unite our country in a way that only John Kennedy was able to do many years ago. She represents a new and free thinking generation of Republicans that will eventually take our party to the logical and rational thinking that will return our country to the "top of the heap".. She epitomizes the new breed and new thinking within our party and, if the "GOP" doesn't realize that yet, we're doomed! Thank you, Meghan! By the way, I'm sixty-one years old.

Donald W.   March 29th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Meghan is right on track. I voted for Obama and while I am not totally happy with him, he is the only one out there that seems to understand the people and changing of the American philsophy. I am a registered Democrat that has voted Republican in the past and will do so again if the candidate is right. I have a master's degree and have been very successful in my professional endeavors. I am also an African American with a famliy and equally well educated wife. I don't think Obama would have gotten the number of votes he did if there was another choice of a candidate that offered similar views of American and where it's headed. I like Meghan and I believe she should be the new voice of the Republican Party. She is not only an image of today's youth, but she is a far cry from the Laura Ingram's, Sarah Palin's, and, Ann Coulter's of the world. Meghan is the new educated Republican and if the party were smart, they would ditch the good old boy network ( Limbaugh, Hannity) including the insensitive and verbally abusive women mentioned above and embrace a crowd more understanding of the next generation of America.

America is changing, the question is, "Will the Republicans recognize it"?

Lorraine De Forest Garrett   March 29th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I am a Democrat and Obama supporter, but I have a great deal of respect for John Mc Cain; even more so after listening to his daughter. I find her intelligent and compelling; her self-assurance and the obvious support and love she feels from her family speak volumes. She's a positive and fresh voice, not only for thr Republican Party, but also for those of us who do put Country first.

Philip T Hitchcock   March 29th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Meghan McCain is, in my humble opinion as one who considers
myself to be a recovering Republican, probably the last best hope
for the GOP to regain some measure of national prominence and
respect. Besides the fact I think she's gorgeous (sorry, I had to get
that obvious observation out of the way), she actually has a fully
functioning brain which is such a huge breath of fresh air after
all the unmitigated bile and venom I've heard spewing from the
so-called standard bearers of the party. I was prochoice long before
I could vote and have never wavered, would love to have stem cells
cure my terminal cancer (which has cost Medicaid close to $1mil
so far as I am no longer a millionaire because of my bipolarity)
and totally support same sex anything (frankly I would think the
Bar Assn would be clamoring for it too as a way to enhance the
pool of potential divorce revenues). Basically Meghan makes sense.
sounds like a cool campaign slogan to me – a hottie we can believe in.
Oh, and as far as looks are concerned, I thought Ann Coulter and
Sarah Palin were reasonably attractive but their words ruined it, yet
Meghan just gets prettier the more she speaks, just like Chelsea C.

paul   March 29th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Meghan is a breath of fresh air, someone who is forward looking and not bogged down by dogma and superstition. If the Republican party is going to survive then they better start to discard some of their devisive and illogical social positions that have no merit in a fact based world and take a more evenhanded approach to the many problems facing this country.

Catherine   March 29th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I think Miss McCain is a smart inteligent girl. she knows her stuff to say what she feels. my husband and i voted for John McCain in 2008,
but he lost the election. he would of been a nice president to this country. we can't wait for the 2012 presidential election to come and get sarah palin in as first female president, and she also would of been a real good vice president too. again she will be a good and wonderful voice for the Gop.

Debbie Friesen   March 29th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

This has nothing to do with Meghan's political views, but more about the comments made about her weight. I think it is appalling that anyone should think they have the right to judge someone's intelligence because of what weight they are at. If anyone looks at the "rag mag's", you will see on some pages how people are worried about the stars who are scary skinny and should put on a few pounds and then on the very next page is a picture of a star who has put on maybe five pounds and they are called fat or assumed to be pregnant! Makes no sense at all. I want to know how there can possibly be a size "0"? And the fact that so many people in the entertainment business think they have to be that weight to be acceptable. I am so proud of Meghan for sticking up for herself and being happy in the body she is in, and I for one do not think she has a weight problem. And as for her political views, America is supposed to be a free country, so she can say whatever she likes, we all should have the right to have our own opinions and support whatever government we want. Leave the woman alone! Shame on the so called Christians who put her down for her opinions, your rude opinions are not very Christian like, you obviously don't listen to your priests when he is giving a sermon. I am a Christian but certainly do not think I am holier than thou.

Donald E   March 29th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Finally, the republican party has a new leader, Mehgan McCain! So far, she's the only republican of late that has openned their mouth and made sense. She's not afraid to speak the truth of her convictions and not play puppet to an ideology for party sake. I'm a registered republican, but a democrate from birth and at heart. I like Mehgan McCain. She seems like good people.

richard brantley   March 29th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

who cares about what the gamblers on wall street do? what is being done about the economy and increasing long term jobs? Thank you, Have always enjoyed your show.

Marie C.   March 29th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I don't believe how critical people have been about President Obama's policy and solution which are work in progress. President Obama is trying to repair a broken country. It took us several years to mess things up and now republican will not even give this new president time to put policies in place. It's time we stop looking for the quick fix. That's what got us here in the 1st place. The slow fix will usually group deep roots which will have lasting benefits. Let's all just chill out and be patient.

Ann Lincoln NE   March 29th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I was watching your show last night and the topic was Earth Hour and I watched and watched because this was the first I heard of it and you didn't mention when it was and what hour to do this. I missed out.

Donald L Allen   March 29th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

hello larry king the thing is obama is very rong about me I a artes four 35 years and I wood like to see a guv that wood help insted of hearting it as much as he can I well contu to sport rusia be case of the US is consis t that we or out to get them wen we just want the sport we disver I was a john MCcain sporter I well contenu to sport MCcain and I think he got a good looking gran dotter if she want to met a good frend I wood like to no tell here it wood be bad to live a life with that every meting here dont you think so sence there so asked that sum one we mis use the trust of the country it well happing I,M shere you well see I have the same right to do buisness out of the country so do I insted of taking it them selv and saling it to a nutter country dont you think it sud be me that dus it I don a lot of art that ther claming right now there not as good as theay think and there doing all the bad to them selv,s PS take care Larry King Donald L Allen

Donald L Allen   March 29th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

see you Larry King I hop I make sence to you or here see you good loking MCcain girl Donald I,M just a flert serry it must be that way you no Donald L Allen No a fiance see you

Donna Paulus   March 29th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

Meghan needs to go away. Seen her dad in york, pa and she didnt even get out of the bus.

dr. david ornelas   March 30th, 2009 12:07 am ET

thank God for young thinkers like M. McCain. as a liberal Arizonan, i want to say thank you so much for 'representin' in such a patriotic and intelligient and thoughtful manner. stay proud and strong.

Josh   March 30th, 2009 12:15 am ET

Would Meghan ever consider runnin for president herself?

Donna   March 30th, 2009 12:20 am ET

I think Meghan McCain is a beautiful young lady. I think she exhibits a NEW and Important view on how women should be viewed and treated.

She is speaking up for thousands of women who are viewed based on their structure. Go Meghan !

Jacj   March 30th, 2009 12:29 am ET

I haven't seen an answer yet, but I don't really expect one. See ya!

Gerald   March 30th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Two thumbs up for you Meghan from a democrat in Florida who voted for president Obama. Meghan McCain blew me away with her strong words of wisdom. She is not about a party she is for what's right and that should be the intention of any politician regardless of your party. She is a republican with a heart. Unlike the heartless Rush Shameduck, Shame Hennedy and BLEEP Schmit ,she is herself and she speaks her mind with no fear and with intelligence. The world needs more women like her. At least I do. She is not about a party. She is about the best interest of America and the American people. This is the characteristic of a true leader. Again, I am a democrat and I voted for Obama and proud. If Maghan were to run for president eight years from now, I will probably vote for her. Recovering addict Rush Shameduck needs to listen to a true leader like Meghan and takes advice from her. She is so bright and so open-minded. Girl I love you. You made me feel proud about education, intellect and a Haitian-American.

Douglas Kay   March 30th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Finally, someone of the newer generation that also disagrees with their parents at sometime and still can put together complete sentences. She is a breath of fresh air. Her views are foundation based from her upbrining and still she portraits an independent thought and not a repeat of someone else's speech. Keep up the good stuff and you go girl!

Paul Nix   March 30th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Closing Guantanamo and releasing these people in the US to run free and plan/execute further death & destruction is inconceivable to me.

The policies and spending that are being pushed by Obama are a total contradiction to the principles our country was founded upon. He scares me to death for the future of our country if he is allowed to continue. Everything about him and his policies just seem wrong!!

I fear that we will rue the day he was elected.

Mike   March 30th, 2009 12:48 am ET

About the "Cheney Arguement",

Fact of the matter is, many people who were deemed terrorists and put in G. B. are innocent people who were falsely accused of being terrorists simply because of their ethnicity. I believe the Republican party is one that promotes fear and relies upon the fears and insecurities of the people in order to justify their own actions. Look at what Bush did in the name of "justice" for years.

And about the economy. What republicans believe is that low regulation on businesses will help them grow, which will ultimately help the american people, correct? Wrong. Fact is that low regulation of businesses encourage fraudulent behavior. You're basically saying to these businesses, do whatever you want! Where has all this spiraled down into? The very problem we Americans have to persevere through now: our very own depression. And yet now republican's political standpoint remains the same when it's their own trickle down economics which has led us to where we are.

Barney Bienz   March 30th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I would just like to add that if the stock market does continue to rise, can I get my money back from the stimulus before the gov"t spends it?

Giles Mateu   March 30th, 2009 12:57 am ET

It's my understanding that a bonus is for someone who did good, and the company prospered. The people who are getting these rewards are the very one's who guided the company downhill. Who would tip a waiter that gave poor service. Does the salesman with the poorest sales get the end-of-the-year award? No, he get a pink slip. I have a pad of pink slips if AIG wants them.

Kyle A   March 30th, 2009 3:13 am ET

I can hardly believe I've not been acquainted with Meghan McCain before, but she's delightful! Her support for the President despite defeating her father in the election speaks for how great the McCain family is. They're the best sorts of republicans and need to have a louder voice that people (namely republicans) actually listen to in national politics.

Kurt Conrad   March 30th, 2009 3:22 am ET

Where was Meghan Mcain during her father's campaign? What a breath of fresh air. On your program, you asked: " Should Meghan be the voice of the Republican party? Of course, she is articulate, engaging, and not a know it all windbag like Rush or Ann. Republican leaders need to realize that arrogance and the "my way or the highway" attitude displayed by many Republicans is the ultimate turnoff for moderates in this country.

Rose   March 30th, 2009 11:52 am ET

Meghan McCain is a rare moderate Republican. Unfortunately, Republicans such as her are few and far between. The sentiments expressed by those supporting the Republicans during the election, both average people and in the media, were overwhelmingly not moderate (or even intelligent).

It was so easy to convince many GOP supporters that Obama was a muslim or socialist or whatever. They fell for it lock, stock and barrel. Remember that one woman who got up and said to McCain that "Obama was an arab" – because she heard it somewhere. Palin's pathetic rallies filled with thousands of ignorants, many of them admitted racists. Their responses to Palin's idiotic remarks confirm this.

If they are the backbone of GOP voters, then Meghan's efforts will not help. I applaud her for speaking up against Ann Coulter and Laura Ingram. These two women do an immense amount of damage to the GOP and it was high time a higher profile Republican woman such as Meghan spoke up.

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